Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by the idea of true love. With my parents as the love model I would grow to most fervently admire, I was bound to have unreal expectations. They met at a young age, fell head over heels for one another and continue to be happily married. Without doubt, their passion always seemed to be capable of great action, and it was inconspicuous that they quarreled.

When I left Bryce Monroe’s production “The Lower Frequencies,” I was angry. I felt attacked, marginalized and stereotyped. I somehow felt simultaneously invisible and horribly, garishly visible. I felt muted by the inadequacy of language in speaking my reaction and trapped by the in trusion of others who did so for me. The irony of what I, a member of the “model minority,” felt does not escape me. It was not the play that made me react this way, but the question-and-answer session that followed.


Led again by the standout performance of sophomore Mohamed Hussein, the Amherst College men’s cross country team raced to a first-place finish among the 22 teams competing at the Purple Valley Invitational this past Saturday.

The 15th-ranked Amherst College field hockey team waged an impressive 4-0 victory on enemy turf over rival Williams this past weekend. The win improves the Jeffs’ record to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC competition.

In the team’s first road NESCAC matchup of 2015, Amherst men’s soccer prevailed in dramatic fashion over archrival Williams, adding another classic game to an already exciting history between the two NESCAC powerhouses. With the victory, the fourth-ranked Jeffs extended their winning streak to six games to open up 2015, sporting a 6-0-0 overall record and a 3-0-0 NESCAC mark.

This piece is inspired by Thomas Dumm’s article “Taking Yourself Seriously,” which appeared in the Amherst Disorientation Guide.

I write this letter to the few: the few students on campus who struggle under the weight of participating in too many extracurriculars. I write as someone who has walked this path, and who had diverged from it. I also write as a human speaking on the aspect of our condition that is loneliness.

It’s common wisdom among college graduates and seniors who think they know better that if you don’t study abroad, you’ll regret it. “Are you going to study abroad?” is a common question among Amherst sophomores and juniors. If the answer is yes, no one thinks twice. But if a student decides to stay at Amherst for both semesters, he’s consistently told that it’s the wrong decision, that he’ll regret losing an opportunity he’ll never have again. While studying abroad is certainly a fantastic opportunity, so is each of our semesters at Amherst.